First we see how things have changed since my mother worked to get the ERA enacted. Palin story teaches us what media thinks is feminism It used to be about a level playing field. Equal opportunity. The same rules for everyone.
That old definition of feminism is now dead. It has been replaced by a new creed that is far more restrictive - as the controversy over Sarah Palin attests. Out of the recent media frenzy, four general truths emerged about the new feminism:
- Blue collar folks need not apply. Feminists are professional, and don't have college degrees from universities in Idaho.
- You have to be liberal. That means (among other things) supporting abortion on demand, and probably lets out most people who describe themselves as deeply religious.
- A bit of irony that a woman who did make it on her own is not a feminist, while those who rode the shirttails of famous husbands (naming no names) are feminist giants.
- Americans like the old definition of feminism more than the new one, and the attacks based on the new definition seems to be backfiring on the feminists - and their media sidekicks.
Then we come to the true insanity. Sarah Palin cannot be a woman because she doesn't have the right set of opinions. Who knew? It doesn't have anything to do with anatomy, not according to the Left.
Dr. Helen: Is Sarah Palin really a woman? The answer to that question by many "feminists" (new definition) is a resounding no.
Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.A university professor at a private university, however, has intimate knowledge of the needs of the working poor. Why, she probably sees them every day on her way to class. (The University of Chicago is, after all, on the South Side of Chicago.)
This view, that you can't be a member of the group unless you exhibit the correct thinking is frankly, insane. According to this definition, to be a woman you must be liberal, since all true women are liberal. It isn't enough to actually be female and over 30. For those of you not paying attention, this is known as the "No True Scotsman" logical fallacy. Not that anyone said the Left is interested in logic. "No True Woman holds the pro-life position on abortion, so anyone who does is not a woman." There is of course no way to refute this argument, because it isn't an argument. It is a definition.
In this case it is a pretty stupid definition. That Sarah Palin - or anyone - can only be a woman based on the opinions they hold. An interesting view in the workings of the Leftist mind.